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Your good-citizen calendar for July 31-Aug. 7

THURSDAY 31

PUBLIC MEETING: NORTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Learn about the new community health center scheduled to open in 2010 at 1200 W. Braker, and share your input with the folks from the Travis County Healthcare District. 7-8:30pm. St. John's Episcopal Church, 11201 Parkfield. www.cityofaustin.org/traviscountyhd/northcentral.

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SO MANY DOCUMENTARIES, SO LITTLE TIME Join the Austin Perma-culture Guild tonight for a free screening of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (7pm; Habitat Suites, 500 E. High­land Mall Blvd., www.permie.us); head over to the Mexican American Cultural Center to watch Hard Road Home, the story of a drug-dealing gang leader who dedicated his life to breaking the jail cycle (7pm; 600 River St., 478-6222; free); or join the Austin Film Festival folks for Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections (7:30pm; Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research; $4).

FRIDAY 01

WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK CELEBRATION Stop by for some music and tasty treats as you learn all about the "I breastfeed because ..." campaign. (For more, see "Breast-Feeding Campaign Kicks Off.") 11am-1pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. Free. www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org/usa.htm.

SATURDAY 02

RIVER MONITORING TRIP Like being a hall monitor but way cooler: Explore the Colorado River, and help keep tabs on the birds and vegetation along the way. (You'll need your own boat; e-mail for details: cgmorris@flash.net.) 8am-5pm. Center for Environmental Research, 2210 FM 973 S.

CENTRAL WEST NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING MEETING 9am-1pm. Lower Colorado River Authority, Red Bud Facility, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., 974-2857. Free. victoria.craig@ci.austin.tx.us, www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/central_west_austin.htm.

CHILDREN'S HEALTH COVERAGE BASICS Find out if your child is qualified for the CHIP program or Children's Medicaid, and get help with filling out applications at participating HEB stores. Call 211 or visit www.chipmedicaid.org for details.

CITY SERVICES COMMUNITY FAIR 10am-1pm. Hampton Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill, 892-6680. www.cityofaustin.org/library.

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POLITICAL ACTION BOOK CLUB meets to ­discuss Melody Petersen's Our Daily Meds. 11am-noon. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr., 989-3188. Free. politicalactionbookclub@yahoogroups.com.

SUNDAY 03

MONKEYWRENCH BOOK & YARD SALE See "Naked City." 8am-8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

MONDAY 04

BEYOND THE BARS: THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX kicks off a series of discussions on America's prison system. This week, you'll hear from families of inmates on death row. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

PUBLIC MEETING: NORTH CENTRAL COMMUN­I­TY HEALTH CENTER (See Thursday, July 31.) 7-8:30pm. St. John's Episcopal Church, 11201 Park­field.

TUESDAY 05

21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION Take a peek into the future of transportation in Austin at this meeting of the Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club. 7pm. Texas State Teachers Associa­tion, 316 W. 12th, 476-5355, 877/ASK-TSTA. Free.

EARTH-WISE LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP If City Hall can be a wildlife habitat, so can you – or your yard, at least. Tuesday & Thursday, Aug. 5 & 7, 8:30am-noon. Zilk­er Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs, 974-3032. $15. www.cityofaustin.org/greengarden/training.htm.

THURSDAY 07

THE FUTURE OF WATER IN CENTRAL TEXAS The LCRA wants your input tonight, on long-term plans for meeting regional water demands. Call to reserve your seat. Open house, 6-6:30pm; discussion, 6:30-9pm. Dalchau Service Center, 3505 Montopolis, Bldg. A. www.lcra.org/watersupply.

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AUSTIN TELETHON EXECUTIVE LOCK-UP: POSTPONED UNTIL AUG. 21 Police Chief Art Acevedo joins local business leaders behind fake bars to help raise funds for Jerry's Kids, aka the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 9am-4pm. Eddie V's Edgewater Grille, 301 E. Fifth. [Note: This event was originally scheduled for Thu., Aug. 7, but has now been postponed until Thu., Aug. 21.]

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